Join in Poetry in the Caves for a truly unique and memorable afternoon of words and music in the beautiful Jenolan Caves on Sun 19 May.
Poet and novelist, David Brooks hosts this magical event inside Jenolan's magnificent Cathedral Chamber. Performers include one of Ireland's finest poets, Dermot Healy, in the company of renowned Australian poet Bronwyn Lea, acclaimed Indigenous poet, Lionel Fogarty, and award winning singer-songwriter and poet, Kate Fagan. The afternoon begins with music from Kate Fagan and includes a special guest appearance from American poet Devin Johnston. The performance will be followed by wine and refreshment in Caves House. Those travelling by bus will be entertained on the journey by local poets Philip Hammial and Sandy Holmes.
Dermot Healy, a giant of contemporary Irish poetry, brings to his work a vast sea of influences, ranging from Robert Louis Stephenson to Sylvia Plath. He has written five anthologies of poetry and his awards include the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976); the Tom Gallon Award (1983); the Encore Award (1995). He was the winner of the 2002 America Ireland Literary Award, in recognition of his contribution to Irish letters.
Kate Fagan (photo to right), award winning songwriter, poet and lecturer in literature at UWS, will read from her newest volume of poetry First Light, and will begin the afternoon by playing for the audience as they enter the cavernous space.
Bronwyn Lea is an award-winning author. Her books include Flight Animals, The Other Way Out, and The Deep North. Her poems have been widely anthologised, appearing most recently in Thirty Australian Poets, Australian Poetry Since 1788, Sixty Classic Australian Poems, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. In 2011 she was appointed the inaugural editor of the Australian Poetry Journal.
Lionel Fogarty, a Murri Man from Cherbourg in Queensland is an unashamedly political poet, motivated both by personal experiences – his brother died in police custody – and general injustices suffered by Indigenous people. His innovative way of using Aboriginal English has led to his work being described as surrealist, but it remains undoubtedly challenging and dynamic.
Devin Johnston from the US, will make a guest appearance. Fellow poet Forrest Gander described Devin, "While his lexicon is rich and particular, Johnston's line is severe, unadorned and keenly cut to measure out the subtle counterpointed music which so strongly marks these poems."
When: Sunday 19 May 3:30-5:30pm
Audience need to assemble at the Great Arch at 3:00pm to walk into the Cathedral Chamber. The performance runs from 3:30 -4:30pm. Drinks and book signing in Caves House from 5:00-5:30pm.
Cost: $60 event only / $75 including coach transport from Katoomba station return – places limited (no concession).
Bookings: through Jenolan Caves ph. 1300 763 311.
Full Program information and Booking details: www.varuna.com.au